Not all photographers command the attention of the world-famous National Geographic, they’ve got to be really great at what they do. Alex Robciuc is one such Romanian photographer, whose iconic pictures figure in the National Geographic. But this is not the only claim to fame of this outstanding photographer.
From his pictures, it’s evident that Alex is in love with the beautiful Romanian countryside. That’s why in the past years he has photographed the sunrise and sunset from different corners of Romania countryside areas. They encompass the beautiful region of the country called Transylvania.
Alex took these Romanian countryside pictures from different corners, avoiding the roads and modern cities, to capture an old-world charm of the medieval ages. In this series, he has encapsulated the essence of those times by clicking fortified churches built by Transylvanian Saxons, transport based on ox and cart, mountain pastures and other photos of Romanian countryside that portray the pastoral idyll of the region.
What, after all, makes the landscape of Transylvania ignite the imagination of writers? An English travel writer on Romanian countryside tour, Patrick Leigh Fermor, had this to say in his 1934 article, “Transylvania had been a familiar name as long as I could remember. It was the very essence and symbol of remote, leafy, half-mythical strangeness and, on the spot, it seemed remoter still and more fraught with charms.”
Inspired by Patrick’s writing, Alex decided to focus on capturing life in the Romanian countryside and selected Transylvania for his works. He accomplished this last year and managed to capture the magic of the region.
The decade-long hard work of this Romanian photographer bore fruit when he received the Sony World Photography Awards 2019 – National Award. He also received the title of ‘Tourism Ambassador’ for promoting his native country.
Alex continues to follow his tough regimen of waking up at five in the morning and hiking the mountains to capture his unique scenic shots.
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